Margaret Skea will lead an interactive discussion about creating convincing dialogue in fiction.
Unsure about how to give voice to your characters? Worried that your dialogue is drifting towards he said/she said territory? The BWF chair will show how to make dialogue sparkle.
Margaret is an award-winning writer of historical fiction and her latest book, Katharina: Deliverance, is an account of the life of Katharina Von Bora, wife of religious reformer Martin Luther.
For further details, go to www.margaretskea.com
The meeting takes places on Thursday, October 18, 2018, in the Lesser Hall of St Boswells Village Hall. Refreshments will be served from 7pm, with the talk beginning at 7.20pm. Non-members are welcome to attend on payment of a £3 entry fee.
Bernard MacLaverty is an award-winning novelist, playwright, screenwriter, short story writer and librettist.
His 1997 novel, Grace Notes, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and his latest work, Midsummer Break, was chosen as Novel of the Year at the Irish Book Awards 2017. Bernard also wrote the screenplay for his 1983 novel, Cal, a film starring Helen Mirren and John Lynch.
Born and raised in Belfast, he now lives in Glasgow.
For more information, go to: www.bernardmaclaverty.com
The meeting takes place on Thursday, September 20, 2018, in the Lesser Hall of St Boswells Village Hall. Refreshments will be served from 7pm, with the talk due to start at 7.20pm. Non-members are welcome to attend on payment of a £3 entry fee.
Those wishing to join the BWF for 2018-19 are invited to pay the £15 membership fee on the night or make arrangements to pass it to treasurer Sarah Johnston before the October meeting.
This is a Live Literature session funded through the Scottish Book Trust
Many thanks to the writers who supported out first (unofficial) meeting of the 2018/19 programme:
Open Mic @ Museum Room, Chambers Institution, Peebles, on September 1, 2018.
The readers were: Laurna Robertson, Cate Ryan, Campbell Hutcheson, Tony Parkinson, Norma Powers, Christopher Ryan, David Adamson, Pim Claridge, Phillip Hutton, Hayley Emberey, Tom Murray, Jane Pearn, Jenny Anderson, Ros Anderson and Robert Leach.
Got a computer? Thinking of self-publishing? We’re here to help.
It’s time to get to grips with Microsoft Word and the practical steps needed to format a manuscript – for digital output and printed paperback. Members who use the program to produce published work will be on hand to guide you through the process, working in small groups.
The meeting takes place on Thursday, June 21, 2018, in the Lesser Hall of St Boswells Village Hall. Refreshments will be served from 7pm, with the session due to start at 7.20pm. Non-members are welcome to attend on payment of a £3 entry fee.
Visiting Pentland Writers
Time to hit the endless grey ribbon. Like Kerouac, we’re on the road…
Members have been invited by Pentland Writers for a social evening at Carlops Village Centre (just north of West Linton) on Thursday, May 17, 2018, at 7pm. Cars will be leaving St Boswells at 5.45pm, so, if you’d like to offer or seek a lift, please check with secretary Tony Parkinson on travel options.
Writers should bring a piece of work to read for a five-minute slot and a food item for supper. It would be helpful if food choices could be confirmed to Tony to avoid duplication.
Please note that there will not be a meeting in St Boswells that night. The next home fixture is on Thursday, June 21, 2018, at 7 for 7.20pm, when we’ll be looking at self-publishing and how to format a manuscript.
Time to look back over the past year. Time to anticipate what’s ahead.
Members will be centre stage at the Annual General Meeting, which takes place at St Boswells Village Hall, on Thursday, April 19, at 7pm. This is a chance to comment on any aspect of the BWF’s work since April 2017 and to elect new office-bearers.
After the AGM, members will be given the opportunity to read their work, from any genre. Readings will be restricted to five minutes, although the final timing will depend on how many people wish to read.
So there you have it: double business. This may require double tea and biscuits.
Illustrator Rowena Aitken will be our guest speaker at the March meeting.
As well as general book illustration, she specialises in creating vivid and characterful images for children’s books. Rowena’s art features in Ruan: The Little Red Squirrel (2016) and The Kilted Coo (2017), both written by Rachel McGaw.
To see examples of her work, go to http://rowenaaitken.com
The meeting takes place on Thursday, March 15, 2018, in the Lesser Hall of St Boswells Village Hall. Refreshments will be served from 7pm, with the talk due to start at 7.20pm. Non-members are welcome to attend on payment of a £3 entry fee.